I actually saw a New 3DS at Walmart today. But. We don't have the money to buy it now. Go figure.
I don't see a ton of hype surrounding these, but maybe I'm just missing it.
The reason for the lack of hype is that there are plenty of people who don't see the New 3DS as a new handheld. They think it's just another regular 3DS. Nobody even realizes that they will have their own games in the future that won't work on older 3DS handhelds. And they also don't realize how much more processing power it actually has, like doing comparisons myself I can clearly tell the difference there.
idk though, I'm rather hyped in having one, and I have no regrets about my purchase at all despite already owning two older 3DS's (both of which still work in perfect condition).